Lavender and Red, 44: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left


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University of California Press
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5.9 X 8.9 X 0.9 inches | 0.95 pounds

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About the Author

Emily K. Hobson is Associate Professor of History and of Gender, Race, and Identity at the University of Nevada, Reno.


"Hobson succeeds in painting a rich portrait of a vibrant gay and lesbian left that flourished in the Bay Area in the 1970s and 1980s and saw itself as connected to the international left... the book has certainly made me rethink the way I write and teach LGBT history and has added some very necessary complications to that standard narrative."-- (03/26/2017)
"Hobson analyzes these tensions and recovers varying forms of political critique, strategy, and community. Through drawing on oral histories and archival documents, including striking photographs, flyers, and political artwork, Lavender and Red lifts up a strain of gay and lesbian activism that had been all but lost to memory for most activists and scholars of today."-- (03/16/2017)
"Outstanding... Lavender and Red offers an inspiring and much needed challenge to other histories of the LGBTQ movement."--The Sixties
"Compelling... Lavender and Red surfaces the gay and lesbian left's creative, intersectional analyses of US militarism, imperialism, capitalism, racism, and state violence, and its efforts to think about these systems through the lenses of gender and sexuality."--Women's Review of Books
"Using careful and at points poetically poignant prose, this volume will enrich explorations of LGBTQ studies, left history, Cold War history, and Central American solidarity."--Pacific Historical Review
". . . bring[s] into focus lesbian feminist of colour organisations and Black gay male organisers, and illustrate[s] how the politics of race and sexuality intersected and were mutually constitutive. The result is a richer, more complicated history of LGBT activism and organising in the context of the post liberation era."--Gender and History
"Emily K. Hobson's Lavender and Red: Liberation and Solidarity in the Gay and Lesbian Left challenges U.S. historians to relinquish a widely shared narrative of LGBT politics as a long fight to enter the mainstream."--American Historical Review